Originally Posted by danedee
I just ordered Doyle's cruising guide, and my answer may be in there when i get it, but thought i'd ask here, since there is a wealth of knowledge...
most of the bays down there have mooring
balls like the bvi or will i be doing some anchoring?
If anchoring what methods are recommended (ie: if i'm first in the bay i don't want to screw everyone else up by dropping 2 off the bow, when a bow/stern is the way to go)
In the Grenadines, you will find a lot of mooring balls in Bequia. Because the blooming things have mushroomed in the last few years, it is now much easier to take one up than to drop the hook. There is still plenty of room to anchor
out around Princess Margaret's beach.
In Mustique, it is obligatory to take a mooring ball. The price
is good at EC$75* for 3 days.
1 East Caribbean Dollar (XCD) = 0.37736 US Dollar
1 US Dollar (USD) = 2.65000 East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
Elsewhere, you will be dropping the hook. Drop a single anchor
, unless the forecast
is for really strong stuff. In the latter case, either head
for your charter
base and let them worry about the boat, or consider dropping two anchors off the bow at 45 deg to each other. Do not drop bow and stern anchors as this will stop you swinging and make life difficult for the boats around you, whose capacity to swing will be inhibited by those who anchor bow and stern. Bow and stern works fine in the Med where it is often the norm in anchorages
in places like Turkey
, or more likely a line ashore from the stern. The only place I've seen the latter done near the Grenadines is in Soufriere bay in St. Lucia.